Learn how sheriff’s office works
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its annual one-day Citizen Academy to be held Nov. 6 at the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center, 4000 Justice Way in Castle Rock.
The purpose of the academy is to provide an opportunity for Douglas County citizens to become better informed about the duties, responsibilities and structure of the sheriff’s office. Topics to be presented include administrative operations, patrol functions, detention operations, investigations, professional standards, support services, special teams, and the community safety volunteer and victims’ assistance programs. There will also be a tour of the training facility, shooting range and jail.
Space is limited and a background check will be conducted on all applicants. Applications are due Oct. 15 and are available at www.dcsheriff.net. For more information, contact Leeta McClard at email@example.com or 303-660-7511.
Picnic to benefit myositis research
In recognition of National Mysositis Awareness Day, The Myositis Association is hosting a “Picnic in the Park and Silent Auction” from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. The free event is being held to raise awareness of the rare autoimmune disease and all proceeds from the silent auction will benefit TMA.
The event hosts are Maurice and Nicole Bolger of Highlands Ranch. The two are leaders of TMA’s Colorado chapter, and Maurice has battled myositis since 2006. For more information on myositis, visit www.myositis.org. For more information on the Colorado chapter, visit www.myositisco.wordpress.com.
School tax-hike debate scheduled
The League of Women Voters is hosting a debate on Amendment 66 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd.
The ballot issue asks voters to approve a two-tiered income tax hike that would raise an additional $950 million to fund public schools. If passed, the money would be used to fund changes to the state’s new school finance system approved this year by the Colorado Legislature. Speakers will be: Colorado Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, co-author of the legislation and ballot issue, as well as Liane Morrison, executive director of Great Education Colorado, speaking in favor of the amendment; and Laura Boggs, with Colorado for Real Education Reform, and former Colorado Rep. and Sen. Steve Durham, R-Colorado Springs, speaking against the amendment.
The forum is free and open to the public. The library requests attendees to park in the Town Center parking lot across from the library. For more information, please contact 303-346-4496 or visit www.lwvarapahoe.org.
Children’s Festival planned for park
The third annual International Children’s Festival will be from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. A celebration of traditional Eastern European culture, foods and more, the day will be highlighted by Russian music, ballet, dance and soccer. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Russian-speaking community of Colorado.